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It is estimated that there are around 1 million Iranian-Americans living in the United States. Having joined their ranks recently, Hossein set out to photograph 40 men and women who came to the US before and after their country's momentous Islamic Revolution of 1979. Through these portraits, he tells an emotional story about this flourishing immigrant community.
Freedom of expression is severely restricted in Iran. A person's online postings, journalism, literature, activism, music and films can land them in jail - or worse. Some of Hossein's subjects can't go back to Iran because of their political views, lifestyles and career choices. Yet despite the cruelty of their dispossession, Iranians living in Americahave maintained their roots. Pieces of their homeland can be found intheir personal style and culture, as shown in of these images. By photographing his subjects seated on their sofas, in their work places or gazing back at you from their favourite bar Hossein shows them in their most intimate moments.

While embracing American culture, these expatriates nevertheless keep a close eye on their native country's political developments. Many of them are still active online, even from such a distance and after years in the US. Looking back at us, these people are caught between their need to integrate with their new home and their desire to remain connected to the one they left behind. Confident and highly opinionated, it would be hard to find many subjects that these Iranians agree on. Yet they will always share common ground because of where they came from and where they have ended up.This photography series is also testament to the contribution the Iranian community has made and continues to make to the society in which they live. They are doctors, lawyers, artists and businessmen and women whose contribution should not be overlooked.

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